Modular Origami Tutorial: Kusudama

Modular Origami Tutorial: Kusudama

In this video I'm going to show you how to fold a modular origami kusudama called "Coral Star" designed by Ekaterina Lukasheva.

For more of her work, do check out her website ‘kusdama.

Me’, her flickr stream and her youtube channel, where she also posts tutorials.

This model requires 30 rectangular sheets of paper, and in this video, I’m going to use sheets that have a proportion of 3 by 1, to be exact, 15 by 5 cm, or 6 inches by 2 inches.

The completed model then has a diameter of about 13.

5 centimetres or 5.

1/4 inch.

Now for a model that has colored stars and white tubes, we are going to start with the white side up and first take the lower right corner and fold it up to match the raw edge.

Rotate and repeat on the other side.

Then fold in half lengthwise, and unfold.

Then bring in one of these areas right along where there is the color change, so I like to push this so that I get a neat corner here, and then align this edge with that raw edge underneath.

And crease.

Then bring that corner to the top corner, folding the triangle in half, and again fold in half by bringing the top corner down to the bottom corner.

And again make a crease.

Unfold and repeat on the other side.

First get a sharp corner here, then align to get accuracy.

Then bring one corner to the other to fold in half, and bring that corner to fold the triangle in half again.

Unfold, and now push the paper together so that this tube begins to form like that.

And then you want to ensure that these folded edges align on both sides, and once they do, you are going to push in the centre and align this so that it looks quite symmetrical, and then just push in the centre on each side.

And then you can take it up and fold along that crease again, just pushing to make the crease quite strong.

And then one of your modules is all done.

Once you folded your 30 modules we can start putting them together.

So, let's look at one of these modules.

This is going to be one of the pockets, and this is a flap.

And, unlike other kusudamas, I'd actually recommend that you put together five modules in this star-shape, rather than starting with a three-point.

Also, if you ever find that the modules come loose while you are assembling the model, I recommend taking small clothespins or something like that to hold them together.

This model is robust once it's put together, but while putting it together, it can sometimes come apart a little.

So, here is the flap, this is the pocket, and you insert it and then you press it.

Now, if you want to secure the modules, a good place to put this is right here, where the tube meets the other module and lower layer.

So, I'm just – for demonstration purposes – just going to put one here right now.

And then we're going to complete this section of five modules to build a star.

Again, take a flap and slide it inside.

And press to secure.

And the next one.

And one final one to complete the first star.

And here, you will want to take off that clothespin and then take this flap and bring it to the front and perhaps lift that tube a little, so that it is easier to insert the module.

And then press together, and there is your first star.

Now we're going to complete one of these three-points: So, here you can see that three modules meet like this and you're going to insert the orange one on top, and then the blue on top of the red.

The three-points aren't as robust, so while you're not working on one, it's a good idea to just slightly secure it like this.

And then here you can see, this is going to be another star of five, so let's continue here by just adding modules.

And once you've completed that, you can see that this module completes one of these points of three.

So let's just slide that in, and again secure it while we're not working on it.

And then, we can check where we want to continue.

For example, here, there is two modules for a star of five modules, so that's a good idea to continue there.

This is just because the stars of five modules are more robust.

But of course, if you see one of these three-points that can be completed, you can go ahead with that.

And again, if you want, you can secure it slightly.

And press these modules together because that's what really keeps them together nicely.

And just check if this comes apart, just put it together, or even, if you want, you can go in here and secure that, like this.

And then you can see here, there is three modules that can join to a point, so let's go ahead with that, and secure it again.

And then we can see here, there is two modules that need to be completed to a star of five, and here you can join the modules for that point of three and if you like, you can secure it.

One, two, three, four – and we need a fifth.

And then again, join modules that can be joined, just so that you can ensure you don't add modules where you don't need them.

I recommend you work slowly and patiently here, so that you don't get frustrated if modules do come apart sometimes.

And here again you can see two modules, and we're going to add modules to complete a star.

One, two, three, four – so we need a fifth.

And then you can see here, three modules can be joined again, and then we can check where we want to continue.

So, for example, we've got two modules here that need to be completed to a star of five.

Or actually, before we add this module, let's complete this section right here, and perhaps steal that clip to secure it here.

And then again, join this point of three modules, and complete this star of five.

One, two, three, four, five – so we can join them now.

And complete this point of three, and then continue with this one.

And then we can check where we want to continue, for example right here, because we already have three modules joined.

And if any of these modules come undone slightly, simply push them back in when you see it.

And then complete the next star of five modules.

and the next point of three.

and then perhaps this one right here; we've just got a couple of modules left, so it's getting very tight now, and there's not much left to do.

Just ensure that here all of the modules are fixed nicely, so that we can then squeeze in that very last one without too much difficulty.

So first, before we add the last module, we're again going to complete as much as we can; and here you can see, it slightly came undone, and when we see it, we simply fix it.

And this clothespin, we're just going to remove and insert all of those flaps again and push it together, because when it's almost done, it's really quite robust already.

Now we should really ensure that those flaps are outside before we add the last module.

So, put that outside right away, put it in loosely, and then first take care of that flap right here.

Can you see? It's underneath; we need to pull it out, and this one is not interlocked yet; we're going to push that in.

And then we can join the last module to complete the kusudama.

And then we can just check, whether there is any clips remaining; you can use as many or as few as you like.

I used – well, up to six.

And there you have it, there is your "Coral Star" kusudama, all done.

Now, if you enjoyed folding this model, do check out Ekaterina Lukasheva's book "Kusudama Origami", which includes many more of her fantastic designs.

And for a sneak peek, try folding her "Sparaxis" star and kusudama which I also did a tutorial for, or check out my playlist of more modular origami! I've also got a playlist of other intermediate complex models which you may enjoy.

Subscribe to my channel so you don't miss my next videos, and finally, do check out my website "happyfolding.

Com" for more origami content.

I hope to see you around, and happy folding! And thanks for staying until the very end of the video.

Here's another idea for you to try out: How about you change the look of the model by shaping these tubes? You might even use a different rectangle to give yourself more or less space to shape that section of paper that you added, because, as you can see here, the pockets and flaps are really relatively independent of that central section.

Ekaterina Lukasheva has posted a couple of ideas on her website.

You can either try to replicate those, or even better:come up with your very own variant.

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